Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 391


Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 391: Brink of the Seventh Step (II)

Long Haochen held out his hand, giving a polite introduction, “Hello, we are the 64th commander grade Demon Hunt Squad, and I’m the captain, Long Haochen. We are honored to have fought by your side.”

“Commander grade?” Tian Qing looked dazed, “Brother, are you joking?”

While speaking, Long Haochen took off the cloak concealing his face, and sheltering it from the sand.

Seeing that handsome and young face, Tian Qing immediately became speechless.

It was not only him, but the same went for all the comrades of his team. Right before, when Long Haochen showed his powerful burst of power, leaving them full of shock, the only point they didn’t understand was that Long Haochen wasn’t fighting clad in Mythril Foundation Armor. For someone who inflicted such serious damage to Jacques Demons of the eighth step like him, becoming a Mythril Foundation Knight should be no problem at all! But that was unless he had even better choices of equipment.

“It’s really unexpected to see that you are this young. But no matter what, I want to thank your team for your prompt help on the behalf of my comrades and myself. If not for your timely appearance, I’m afraid that we would have hardly made it out alive today.”

Long Haochen asked with a puzzled tone, “Senior, given your team’s strength, handling these two Jacques Demons shouldn’t be so difficult. So why…”

The promotion from commander grade to king grade of a Demon Hunt Squad would encompass a qualitative leap. It was not only about the cost of a million contribution points, but most of all about the fact that all members had to reach the seventh step of cultivation. And to agree to pay such a price, this Demon Hunt Squad surely had already sufficiently powerful equipment. Even only at the seventh step, a Demon Hunt Squad formed of powerhouses with excellent equipment should absolutely not find it difficult to handle two Jacques Demons of the eighth step, especially with the fact that this clan wasn’t privileged with the inheritance from a demon god. As for those lower grade Jacques Demons, it was even more needless to say, as it was showed in their previous battle with Long Haochen’s group.

With a bitter smile, Tian Qing cut, “Don’t bring it up, we were really out of luck this time. Our mission was originally to get into the Major Jacques City to kill two Jacques Commanders of the eighth step. But who knew that under ambush, the Jacques Chiefs would have gotten help from a Demon Hunters Remover squad that ambushed us. Although we inflicted serious damage to the opponent, we also suffered great losses, four of us sustained injuries, and we also had a great consumption of spiritual energy. Although by relying on pills, our situation was a bit better, the Jacques Demons chose this time to surround us. With difficulty, we finally managed to rush out of their encirclement, but because that annoying Demon Holder appeared suddenly in the sky, we turned out unable to shake them off, and you know about the rest.”

“A Demon Hunters Remover? What’s that?” Long Haochen asked full of doubt.

Tian Qing replied, “Demon Hunters Remover squads are accurately speaking somewhat similar to us Demon Hunt Squads. They are a new organized system that the demons put in place to handle us.

It was set up a bit more than one year ago. As the Alliance’s strength kept growing further and further, the strength of Demon Hunt Squads like us also increased, and the demons had to pay more and more attention to the damage inflicted by us to them. They were left without choice but to come up with new measures against us. Thus came the concept of the Demon Hunter Remover squads, acting to eliminate the Demon Hunters. Selected from the elites among demons, each Demon Hunters Remover squad is constituted of ten members, and led by a captain who is a powerhouse at the eighth step at least. The captain is either a Devil Dragon, a Moon Demon or a Star Demon, making him the most powerful of the team. The members will all be at the seventh step or above, and to make it even worse, some particularly powerful Demon Hunters Remover squads are fully constituted of demon powerhouses at the ninth step. The classifications for Demon Hunters Removers are still in the midst of being investigated.

Demon Hunters like us dare go complete diverse missions in demon territory, but that’s mainly because of the lax control inside the demon territory. While these Demon Hunters Removers can also come to our Alliance, they just don’t dare. After all, demons are far different in external appearance and aura from humans like us, and the higher ranked demons who have an humanoid shape are less in number, and don’t have the guts to take such risks. Thus, these Demon Hunters Removers are using all their energy to handle us in demon territory. Over the past year, at least ten Demon Hunt Squads were already slaughtered at their hands. And this time, we also suffered greatly.”

Long Haochen took a deep breath, “Do you know how many squads of Demon Hunter Remover there are currently?”

Tian Qing replied, “According to the information we got, roughly a hundred squads of Demon Hunter Remover have been created, and they are commanded by the Demon God Emperor, only following his directives. From today onwards, your team has to be even more careful when acting in demon territory. These Demon Hunter Removers are very hard to handle. Some of them are actually even equipped with some powerful equipment, and although they are imitating our Demon Hunt Squads, the demons have their own natural advantages. Also, high rank demons don’t need cultivate much to get a strength above the seventh step.”

Long Haochen replied, “Since things are this way, we will have to hurry up and leave this place. The defeated demons from the Jacques Clan must have reported our whereabouts to the Demon Hunter Removers.”

Tian Qing nodded, “That should be the case. Then, we’ll be following you for now. Let’s head for the closest team section.”

Long Haochen replied with hesitation, “That does not really conform with the rules. At our grade, we don’t have access to the team sections.”

The so-called team sections are secret bases for Demon Hunt Squads in demon territory, specialized for providing Demon Hunt Squads of the king grade or above with a place to rest, reorganize and restock their supplies.

This isn’t discrimination toward lower ranked Demon Hunt Squads, but due to the fact that the lower ranked Demon Hunt Squads shouldn’t have to carry out extremely difficult missions. Setting up these team sections in demon territory took large amounts of manpower, physical resources and natural resources from the Alliance. Thus, the more powerful Demon Hunt Squads were naturally prioritized.

To give a simple example, the Demon God Slayers’ Demon Hunt Squad was concealed near Modu Core City, in an area hidden beneath the surface.

The Demon God Emperor once gave the order to search thoroughly around the Core City, but still didn’t discover the whereabouts of the team section. From this, the great utility of a team section could be seen.

Tian Qing patted Long Haochen’s shoulder, “Don’t say these words as if you were an outsider. Rules are meant to be broken when necessary. Do you really think that team sections are absolutely forbidden to use for general or commander grade Demon Hunt Squads? As long as a team of the king grade or above is leading them, there’s absolutely no problem for entering, and the nearest one is inside Major Jacques City. Aren’t they chasing to kill us? Then we shall do the very opposite of what they expect, and return there. I’m really unwilling to leave things at that. After we get back to our peak condition, we’ll set Major Jacques City in complete confusion.”

While saying this, the powerful Mythril Foundation Armored Knight’s eyes lit up brightly.

Which of the Demon Hunters that managed to reach the king grade weren’t on continuous expeditions? Without strong characters, how could they walk this path? After all this time, countless demons’ blood was stained on their hands.

Tian Qing and his team were clearly extremely familiar with the nearby terrain. Under their lead, the two Demon Hunt Squads moved in a very large circle, and in no less than a whole day, reached the Major Jacques City at their full speed.

Though they couldn’t imitate Long Haochen’s group’s disguise as Moon Demons, the 17th king grade Demon Hunt Squad had their own methods. They used a so-called Gem of Imitation, to transform their looks into the appearance of Jacques Demons, escorting Long Haochen’s group to the Major Jacques City.

The Major Jacques City was in obvious chaos. The city’s defenses weren’t tight, and at least no one searched Long Haochen’s group, letting them enter the town without problems.

Tian Qing told Long Haochen that Imitating Gems could store illusion power, but that their storage needed them to go through a rather troublesome process. But in demon territory, it was considered to be an essential item for powerful Demon Hunt Squads. Long Haochen’s group having just entered commander grade, they didn’t come into contact with such an item.

Major Jacques City was the capital of the Jacques Province, but wasn’t very big. Just like the overwhelming majority of the demon cities, it appeared somewhat subject to destruction. Tian Qing brought Long Haochen to a restaurant run by humans, leading them to the rear of the kitchen, and the following process shocked them completely.

On activation, the back of kitchen made a total change, revealing the entrance to a cave, which the thirteen people entered. After that, the entrance to the kitchen returned to its original state. To Long Haochen’s great surprise, he found that his perception was unable to scout the external world from the inside of the cave.

In other words, this cave entrance was completely screening all probing abilities. And right after entering the cave, Long Haochen noticed that its entrance, connecting the cave and the kitchen, was over one meter thick. Undoubtedly, inside was some precious special alloy very possibly reinforced with magic arrays.

In fact Jacques City wasn’t any strategic town, so since they already invested in such a big team section for this town, it was no wonder that the Demon Hunt Squads could move so freely in the demon territory.

Both sides were inlaid with some extraordinary crystals, and this place seemed to be equipped with a very good ventilation system, leading to a very relaxing atmosphere.

When heading downwards, they advanced for more than thirty meters in depth before encountering a flat surface, they continued to advance for twenty meters, and then a little room appeared. All the rooms were arranged very simply, with beds, tables and chairs in each. In total, there were roughly twenty rooms, which was enough for three Demon Hunt Squads to rest and reorganize. The only thing was that there was no one here right now, and inside was some specialized storage with large amounts of food and clean water.

“Let’s have a rest first, everyone. Brother Long, can I have a talk with you?” Tian Qing asked.

Long Haochen nodded.

The two of them entered a room, and the others naturally looked for other rooms to rest by themselves.

Tian Qing invited Long Haochen to sit, “Currently, our two Demon Hunt Squads are the only ones present here. I’ll not be thanking you again: this feeling will stay engraved in the minds of all of us members of the 17th king grade Demon Hunt Squad. Please don’t call me senior or anything, and we should simply address each other with our names.”

Tian Qing had a very straightforward character, and didn’t ask Long Haochen for his age or the secret techniques he used to kill the Jacques Chief of the eighth step. Every Demon Hunt Squad had their own secrets, and even if everyone was fellow soldiers, asking their fellow’s secrets couldn’t do any good.


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  • Majk

    I’m honestly surprised that something like the DHR was set up only so recently. I mean demon hunters have been around for a long time now and missions like killing a chief of some tribe seem pretty common for the ones at king grade and above. I mean even Demon Gods feel to these squads.

    At least I am happy that the curent DGE is a capable enemy and actually does stuff instead of just going “PFFFFFFFFFFFF WHAT IS A MAN? A MISERABLE PILE OF WEAKNESS”

    • thereddwarf

      true about it taking so long but i also think that it is because of what the knight of the 17th king squad said about how humans were steadily gaining in power that caused this to spark up more and more

      • Majk

        I feel like when they say gaining power they mean more that the power of individual soldiers went up. When it come to the elites which the demon squads are made of they have been powerful for some time. Otherwise the war would have been over very quickly and it would have been a stump at that. Ever since it started there had to have been people to at least hold the DGE from entering war and risking his life.

        I mean just the fact that the DGS have been around for 300 years should have indicated the need to prevent future DHS from growing. Even the fact that one DGE was basically killed by a human should have made them more wary of letting humans gain to much power.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I think part of the reason the Demons are starting to try and hunt Demon Hunters might be related to what happened at the Illusory Paradise.

          The DGE made his subtle swipe, but now the humans know his aim. So I feel like these DHR are to weaken humanity enough that he can make a safer pass at the Illusory Paradise.

          He has some time since the DGS’s are going to die in a few years. If he can take out a few Emperor and King Grades DHS the demons will probably have enough advantage to force the humans one of two ways. They can force an alliance on the humans or they can potentially break into the Illusory Paradise with a full force. If the DGE successfully grabbed Ye Xiaolei then there really isn’t anything he couldn’t do then.

          • Psyside

            I agree. I think it happend because of his son

          • Jonathan Hurd

            An interesting thought I just had, in relation to what you said Psyside, is that the DHR could be used to help train Ah’Bao as well. If he is placed in charge of one he would learn some leadership skills. It would help him build a friendlier relationship with high ranking members of the other top clans.

            He would also be more likely to learn to respect humans power after facing off against some of their strongest. Add to that the gain of combat experience. The best part is also the teams are under the DGE’s direct command so it would work as a way to keep him safe and make sure Ah’Bao doesn’t run off seeking revenge.

            So I feel there is a decent chance Ah’Bao is in one of these groups.

          • Psyside

            Ah bao is 100% a leader of a group. I think the strongest one. And hes totally gonna meet LHC

          • Seemstress

            “some particularly powerful Demon Hunters Remover squads are fully constituted of demon powerhouses at the ninth step”
            If I remember correctly Ah’Bao is at the 8th step so probably not in the most powerful squad. But I agree that he is most likely to be a leader of a squad. Maybe his squad will in time become the most powerful one, but at the moment it definitely isn’t.

          • Luke Confidential

            It was stated that Ah Bao’s power with his Internal Spiritual Energy capped at the 6th step was on par with the 8th step by sheer virtue of his external Spiritual Energy.

            Methinks he’s barely 9th step, though I could be mistaken.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair he is the most talented of the Devil Dragons younger generation so becoming 9th step is just a matter of time if he isn’t there yet.

          • Psyside

            Agreed. We have to remember a year has passed. So who knows how stronger he is

          • Marko Bandur

            I agree, but I still think it’s more about the apparition of Austin griffin, thanks to the prophecy, the demons know that an human is related to him, and its high probable that this human will be part of a DHS, so they spread the voice that this DHR were made to lower the humanity potential, by killing DHS in they’re territory, when they’re real goal is finding and killing Hao’Yue, this way, human cnt discover they’re real objective

            They’re obviously killing DHS , but they’ve done this even without this squads, now it’s a perfect cover to search Austin griffin without letting humanity knew about it

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair they only recently confirmed Hao Yue’s cooperation with humans. They knew he was around from before, but had no clue where or why. Until LHC fused to fight that 8th step Jacques demon they were still a bit unsure if he was truly in the new world.

            The only people we have seen that understand who Austin Griffin is have been the DG’s. After that confotation with three of them Hao Yue hasn’t really directly challenged any of them. Even with the whole fight against Ah’Bao Hao Yue was evolving so was never seen.

            I do feel you might be right that a side potential job of the DHR is to watch out for Hao Yue, but from the way the demons have talked it seems that even a team of top 10 demon powerhouses would not be enough to stop him. I mean three DG’s with pillars ran with their tail between their legs. I feel to take Hao Yue specifically they will need to invest everything including at least a few of the top 5 DG’s for any hopes of success.

          • Marko Bandur

            I agree, but those conversations r freaking out of line in my opinions, DGE and Star DG just spoke, after feeling Austin griffin presence in the jaques province, and they just talked about sending and forming squads to find him

            Now, after this precise battle, we discover about the name of this squads DHR, I think author is just messing up with the timeline like is memory with numbers… Coz is to fast unless the DGE formed the DHR after the illusory paradise and just by intuition of Austin griffin

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Not sure I understand whats wrong with the order personally. There seem to be some decent reasons why the DGE would set them up immediately after the Illusory Paradise thing.

            Partly revenge by the demons for being shown up so badly. Partly training for Ah’Bao to force him to understand how strong humans are. Partly to help lower the humans forces for the next swing at the Illusory Paradise.

            For feeling Austin Griffin they did say that when LHC was fighting in the Jaques province this was the first time he fully completed the fusion with Hao Yue. That would explain why Austin Griffin’s power showed so much more clearly. Especially since this is the first fusion with LHC being a Gods Chosen.

          • Robin

            There is also another factor. The Demon God Slayers are now old and no longer a constant threat. And there are probably some more like them in the shadows. The old, and probably strongest, generation of DHSs is slowly dying out. Now seems to be the perfect time to extinguish new ones before they reach a dangerous and sublime level. Since mostly comander and king grade DHSs are going that deep into enemy territory, those are strong ones as well and the future hope of the Alliance. Add some Emperor grade ones and loosing some is a heavy blow.

    • ardent_wombat

      The demons have the manpower to kill off humanity but they don’t because the demons realized they couldn’t feed everyone. Thus they pulled back and allowed humans to fortify their positions. They send waves of demons at the forts for population control. The DHS serve to train the top demons and cull the weak. The demons previously felt no threat to their existence so they didn’t make DHR. Now it seems there is a prophecy of the demons destruction. The DGE has connected it to Haoyue and an unidentified DHS. The solution seems to be to kill DHS until they see the corpse of Haoyue.

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    Welp if they knew those demon extermination squads were going there…. Thanks for the chapter

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